Biographical Sketch

I am a Professor in the Center for Language Research (CLR) and the Graduate School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Aizu (UoA). I have a Ph.D in Linguistics (phonetics) from the University of British Columbia (UBC), an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language from the University of Birmingham (UoB), and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo (UW). My main research interests are speech production and L2 acquisition of pronunciation. Experimental phonetics - both articulatory and acoustic phonetics - underlies most of my work. Since 2000, I have specialized in using ultrasound as a tool to view and measure the tongue during speech. I am also interested in tracking the motion of articulators such as the lips and jaw, and I have used motion capture systems such as Optotrak and Vicon MX to do this. The CLR Phonetics Lab is where I do much of my research. In my teaching, I often make use of Moodle, an open source course management system.

Image of ultrasound equipment at Aizu My specific research interests include Articulatory Settings (as seen through inter-speech rest posture) in monolinguals & bilinguals, and L1/L2 acquisition of phonology & phonetics (including using ultrasound for visual biofeedback of the tongue). My language interests are English, Japanese, French, & Nuuchahnulth (an indigenous language spoken on Vancouver Island).

Website last updated on August 26, 2014.